An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


When everyone hates something, it is necessary to examine it. When everyone likes something, it is necessary to examine it.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.


Epicurus (c.341-270 BC, Greek philosopher)


I've given parties that have made Indian rajahs green with envy. I've had prima donnas break $10, 000 engagements to come to my smallest dinners. When you were still playing button back in Ohio, I entertained on a cruising trip that was so much fun that I had to sink my yacht to make my guests go home.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.


Margaret Witter Fuller (1810-1850, American writer, lecturer)


I'm shopping around for something to do that no one will like.


Jerry Garcia (1945-1995, American rock musician, "Grateful Dead")


He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, for he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Popularity? It's glory's small change.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


I would jump down Etna for any public good -- but I hate a mawkish popularity.


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


A few more days, and this essay will follow the Defensio Populi to the dust and silence of the upper shelf... For a month or two it will occupy a few minutes of chat in every drawing-room, and a few columns in every magazine; and it will then be withdrawn, to make room for the forthcoming novelties.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


Avoid popularity if you would have peace.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Whatever is popular deserves attention.


James Mackintosh (1765-1832, British author)


True popularity is not the popularity which is followed after, but the popularity which follows after.


Lord Mansfield (1867-1915, British artist, author)


I wouldn't say I invented tack, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.


Bette Midler (1945-, American singer, entertainer, actress)


Popularity is exhausting. The life of the party almost always winds up in a corner with an overcoat over him.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


He liked to like people, therefore people liked him.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Great individuals are not only popular themselves, but they give popularity to whatever they touch.


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The one who pleased everybody died before they were born.


Author Unknown


Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked.


Peter De Vries (1910-1993, American author)


Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Popularity is the only insult that has not yet been offered to Mr. Whistler.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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